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Security Report: Connected Devices During COVID-19

What IoT and device communication trends reveal about IT security during and after the pandemic

Celine Rosak

May 6, 2020

In the month of March, millions of employees shifted out of the office into their homes in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With no one in the office, you might suspect radio silence on the corporate network.

In this report, ExtraHop shares anonymous, aggregate data from across our customer-base, comparing one week of data from November 2019 to March 2020. We use that data as a jumping-off point to analyze the trends in device connectivity and communications during the pandemic, and explore how those trends reveal not only the state of work during the COVID-19 crisis, but also the complexity and risks of connected devices.

We explore the risks and activity coming from devices like:

  • Laptops
  • Smartphones
  • Printers
  • IP Phones (and the critical vulnerability currently affecting many Cisco IP phones)
  • And more

Download the report to see which devices are still connected to the network and the potential risks associated with leaving those devices online.

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